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    Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    Take samples into sterile petri dish (amazon will mail to you), take to independent bio lab for culture and id.incubate and id.

    Then talk to the boss or a lawyer specialist in industrial things....
    I have a buddy going crazy because he won't do this, for himself....
    The doctors don't come over to his place and tell him to clean up his act (or coolant)

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    Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    If you know or just think that there are nasties in the work place.........you are perfectly right.

    The whole World is a breeding place for bugs and other things that attack you because you taste nice........sterilising everything in sight with more and more powerful chemicals is one way to keep ahead but in the end the bugs will win..

    if your immune system can't stay ahead of the bugs you'll be a walking take away for the bugs.

    Careful and regular hygiene practices can help you keep ahead slightly.

    The simplest solution is to not get your hands wet with coolant or inhale the vapours...........barrier cream before work is a must have.....regular wash down and clean out is also a must do.
    Ian..

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    Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    I think that i have been in some of the stinky-ist coolant filled
    atmospheres in august @ 90 degrees in the high bay
    aerospace shops with 60-70 spindles going 24/7 Fog in the room,
    The industrial health people were no where there.
    I went to a VP and they had no idea what the condition of guys were working in.thay had A/C
    They opened the big hanger doors and had fans on stands.
    Well,,,,, so did I in the programming group.
    Been doing this too long

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    Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    I worked for a company that made telescopic conveyors in WI, traveled all over the U.S. installing these things. Ended up getting some lung infection that is commonly caused by inhaling bat/bird crap. Started off the day fine, right after lunch I felt feverish and had pain in my armpit, by 6 pm, I was in the ER screaming. I into some **** being in the Army but nothing had me tore up like that did. 3 days in the VA hospital in LA, when trump was campaigning at the Anaheim Convention Center. Crappy day to get out of the hospital, couldnt get to my hotel room until 9 pm.

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    Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    Well, one guy I knew (past tense) said he'd rather work in crappy conditions and die at 50 from a health related illness than be out of work without any money until he was 90........lung cancer cures all evils and money smooths the way..

    If your work place is a hazard zone it's your choice to stay there.

    It's only when you get to 50 and the medications you're on don't work any more that poor health from early years of neglect come home to bite you.
    Ian.

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    Re: Bacterial lung infection/pnemonia from inhaling contaminated mwf?

    Pretty sure thats going to be the most real thing i read all day!!! Everything in life is a choice, either reap the rewards or suffer the consequences.

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    At my day job I am the Environmental, Safety, and Health director for a construction company. I have little experience in safety matters in machine shops outside of the one I have in my home garage. This in mind, and having looked at the safety data sheets for my coolant, there is some pretty nasty stuff in there. Knowing that coolants can be wide ranging in chemical content I recommend asking your employer for safety data sheets, they are compelled by law to provide those if requested (U.S.). The same is true of the manufacturers, as a part of the globally harmonized hazard communication system you should be able to get the safety data sheet directly from the manufacturer if your employer fails to provide them. As far as bacterial infection, it certainly seems possible, though determining how likely would require some study. The problem with having a single case where an employee got a respiratory condition is that the evidence is anecdotal at best. Now if you have two or more employees with the same condition then a case can be made. Simply pulling a bacterial sample won't do a lot of good. We breath bacteria all day long and there is little doubt that bacteria could survive in the coolant. In fact anti-bacterial ingredients are prominent in many coolant mixtures, what matters is the type of bacteria. More specifically, can that type of bacteria withstand pumping, aeration, flow, atomization, etc. and if it can is it a type of bacteria that is dangerous when inhaled? That's a lot of ifs and some serious science would have to take place to properly evaluate the situation. Simply finding bacteria in the coolant only proves that that coolant needs replaced, it does not indicate any immediate safety concerns because hopefully nobody is coming in direct contact with the coolant that is in the tank. The steps between the tank and exposure are significant.

    There are a variety of personal protective devices that can probably help, but nobody likes those and they require adequate training. Ideally some engineering controls would be in place and management would be cognizant of the safety and health challenges they face. Air exchange volumes in the work space might need adjustment, filtering of the air might be effective, or enclosures might need improvement on the machines themselves. Of course, there might not be any danger at all, the coolant might not be carrying any harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, safety is often a reactive system and in my experience many small business hardly have any safety programs at all, never mind a program capable of proper industrial hygiene studies.

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    Bacterial infectious is serious,you still need to use antibiotics

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